Video Weekend 04-21-2018 (11 videos)

I have been very pressed for time, but here is this week’s video weekend. Topics: media corruption, political challengers & fighting back, disaster capitalism, system analysis, economy, and our oligarchy’s unbelievably cruel and insincere foreign policy.

I. Media War

The corruption of our mass media. Ed Schultz reveals he was ordered to media-blackout on Bernie:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “MSNBC Worse Than Sinclair Broadcasting Ed Schultz Reveals”)

So cool when (so rarely) the truth slips out on the establishment media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bombshell: Professor Stuns MSNBC Panel On Syria“)

A discussion on media corruption with Chris Hedges:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Contact: The Destruction of an Independent Press with Mark Crispin Miller“)

 

II. Candidates

Dylan Ratigan runs for office:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Dylan Ratigan Brings Green New Deal To New York “)

Comment: What this made pop up in my mind: Why wars for oil when renewable energy is waiting for us all at our doorsteps. (wind and solar — other countries have windmills and solar panels everywhere and don’t know where to spend all their energy)

 

III. Disaster Capitalism

Disaster Capitalism on the march (just like in New Orleans afterr Hurricane Katrina) — screw people on behalf of absentee investors, rob them of everything, with corrupt governments acting as enablers… The Puerto-Rican people are organizing to rebuild their lives, infrastructure, and economy in a healthy way, but disaster capitalists and corrupt politicians are determined to ruin these efforts:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein Reports from Puerto Rico “)

Note: Remember that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an “unincorporated territory” of the United States (a nice way of saying: a colony) whose people are U.S. citizens by law. The low-wealth people of New Orleans who were robbed of their homes to build real estate investments for the rich on their lands are also U.S. citizens… Disasters are used as cover and excuse for speeding up the ruthless raid of the 1% on the 99%. And all the while the crooks in charge deny the climate change which breeds these storms…

 

IV. System Analysis

System Analysis: Opportunity Hoarding, Dominaton, Exploitation, Mixed Class Identities, Globalisation, and Political Attributions

A bit over-intellectual, but pretty interesting starting at 16:10 min into the video:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “LEFT OUT: Erik Olin Wright on understanding class—a Marxian perspective“)

 

V. Economy

I thought I shared this one already. But I don’t see it in my archives… so:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Beyond the Political Theater “)

So… why don’t the older workers just become door greeters at Walmart? Are they lazy? They haven’t been able to pay off their student loans or mortgages or can’t afford their medical expenses? As door greeters they surely will be able to. Stop complaining and instead praise our system and keep seeking a new job and take the blame when there are no jobs for you!

What the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of income and social services over the last 35 years (which concluded that the incomes of the poorest 20% rose nearly 2% per year, the income of most people only 1%, and the income of the richest 1% by 225%) leaves out are some other issues that seriously affect our prosperity (or lack thereof): exploded student loans, home prices, rent prices, and healthcare costs, plus the huge costs arising from childcare and elderly care that in the formerly common single-earner, two-parent households did often not come into play.

Nice intro and further info:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Winds of System Change“)

 

VI. Fighting Back

Good audio interview (on fighting back from the bottom) :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Savage Joy was live with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez“)

Themes:

  • We can beat gravy train candidates by not collecting BIG Money donations to pay consultancy agencies to collect the signatures to get on a ballot but do the leg work ourselves.
  • We can (and should) fight on all fronts simultaneously: inside the “Democratic” Party, from without (running independent or boosting third parties), then eliminate closed primaries, gerrymandering…
  • Let’s not incarcerate tons of non-violent people.

 

VII. Foreign Policy

Syrian truth: We keep getting lied into wars. Most of the official news we get from Syria are produced by the White Helmets who are allied with the Islamist terror groups and specialize in producing fake news. If nothing else, watch one of their videos being created by them, starting at 14:06 min into this video:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Press For Truth interview with Kevork Almassian“)

Our decades-long terror on the Middle East which has created Islamist terror is bad enough, but not all the imperialistic crimes our horrid establishment commits. You Think You Know Our Foreign Policy? You think our country is a good neighbor in the Americas? Check this Out!

The true face of utter Evil of our oligarchy (example: some 14,000 murdered by Chiquita Banana):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire Files: Human Rights Hypocrisy – Colombia vs. Venezuela”)

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Chris Hedges & Richard Wolff – Great Conversation (video)

Here are 28.5 minutes of a great conversation. Normally, I’d try to share a video of this length on a weekend (my video weekend posts), but it’s still kind of borderline in length and too good to place on so long a wait. So, without further ado:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff WARNING!! Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)”)

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Video Weekend 04-07-2018 (8 videos – some long with segment pointers and commentaries)

This weekend compilation shares videos on a variety of subjects mostly dealing with our systemic corruption, its sad consequences, and the narratives and mindsets that support it:

Categories:

  1. System Analysis
  2. Mindset
  3. Media (and some fun)
  4. Candidates Facing Political Corruption
  5. Economy
  6. Political Conversation

 

I. System Analysis

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness“)

Quotes:

  • Tariq Ali: “This total, uncritical acceptance of capital and corporate power is not the way the world is going to move forward. An alternative to that is what needs to be mounted. And, on it’s success or failure will depend the future not just of this country but of the planet.”
  • David Korten: “If you look at where we are headed as a nation and as a species, we’re going where nobody in their right mind will want to go. This is a very decisive moment. We have to literally choose our future as a nation and as a species.”
  • Tariq Ali: “Who owns this country? Not its people. It is owned, essentially, as is the case elsewhere in the world, by the rich and the very rich — which George W. Bush, when he was president, put in [these] very memorable words: ‘We are on the side of the haves and the have-mores.’” (perhaps he refers to this event)

 

II. Mindset

Edifying lords of corruption such as genocide-scale war profiteers who, on the side, also de facto erased our Bill of Rights:

More on the loss of our morals — we celebrate war criminals instead of prosecuting them:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bush Era War Criminals Embraced By Establishment Media“)

 

Money, The New God

The wrong mindset sets us up for hurt, flipping our priorities and supporting economic inequality and widespread corruption.

This documentary makes some very good points but also has passages I don’t approve of, the kinds that divide people over religion. The good points and the news on a whistleblower who was fired, threatened and jailed for exposing the banksters’ money laundering of criminals and other rich goons are definitely well worth watching. Below the clip, I point to various segments in the video that you can skip to:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Money, happiness and eternal life – Greed (director’s cut) | DW Documentary“)

Segments:

  1. The real beef starts at 28:07 min into the video.
  2. 42:02: “We became consumed with consumption.”
  3. A question asked by a kid: why do people do wrong, or right, knowingly? My answer: various conditions and motives depending on their living circumstances: greed, narcissism, and status-whoring in the case of the rich and well-to-do; despair, resignation, and the next survival move on the list in case of the rest.
    When you have to struggle to pay this month’s rent, the global climate shifts a notch down on your list of worries. And when you are a rich lord, seeing yourself as a god and living the life of a demon lord stomping on everyone else, your head is in the clouds because you don’t want to look down on the ones you are stepping on (unless you are a cruel psychopath actually enjoying the blood on your feet).
    So, most of us are wearing blinders of some kind, much enabled by our mainstream media and politicians, of course.
  4. 1:18:13: Wisdom and compassion… how to spread it among the young?
  5. 1:20:59: Finally someone other than myself addressing the idea of a mortality and a fulfilled, meaningful life.

Ending words: only by melting the ice in the heart of man, man will have a chance to change and start using his knowledge wisely.

 

III. Media (and some fun)

A little fun with the media (talking about what really matters rather than just chanting gang slogans):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kyle Kulinski Of Secular Talk Utterly Baffles Fox News Talking Heads“)

 

IV. Candidates Facing Political Corruption

When the “Democrats” rig their primaries, running as a Dem is pointless:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Opponent Tim Canova Dumps Democrats“)

 

V. Economy

Dirty tricks and mindsets to get and stay rich and shaft the public, gender pay, slave-like over-work, homeless children…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Socialism Past, Present, and Future“)

 

VI. Political Conversation

We all need to have political conversations with our fellow Americans to lift our awareness and debunk myths and manipulative narratives and come to fully understand what we need to demand and implement for a better future. These are real conversations about real issues that we must have, not the popularized bleating, barking, and repeating of party slogans and propaganda. If you want a sample, you can be a fly on the wall at this conversation between Jamarl Thomas and Debbie Lusignan (I liked the early part best; later it unraveled a bit):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Lusignan, the SaneProgressive, Live! Not To Be Missed!“)

The best part: Get to know the mafia-like powers controlling our government and open up to realism, going beyond partisanship. (this part is to challenge our believes and drive our awakening further; not easy if you haven’t advanced enough, yet; it’s about us needing to deprogram ourselves from the manipulative narratives, sugar-coating, and warped perceptions that have been instilled in us our entire lives):

Here is an example. You get yourself elected, maybe with partially good intentions mixed in with the plan to get rich – say, you wanted to reverse the torture and war terror of the Bush-Cheney regime – but the forces behind the curtain convince you otherwise and you flip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Famous Victim Of US Torture Speaks Out”)

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Kentucky Fried Pensions (short video & commentary)

Could it be? A state’s attorney general suing against his colleagues’ corruption? If so, bravo!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kentucky Screws Teachers-They Fight Back! ” and “Jimmy Dore”)

Naturally, one thing behind the curtain needs to be looked at, too: that promises were made by politicians in the past but the necessary steps to fulfill them not necessarily taken. Instead, they were kicked down the road for future administrations to deal with, eventually resulting in cities going broke while the local robber barons buy up all the public utilities, parking lots, spaces, and buildings… and make out like bandits collecting fees, raising rents, or running tax-free businesses…). The solution is not, of course, to break the promises, but to cleanse government of the corruption which funnels all wealth and an ever greater share of the local and national economies’ income to the top.

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P.S.: There was a moving video about a union rally in NY shared live just now. I hope this link will work for a while:

A Funky Dream (or how the top ‘justifies’ inequality)

Just before awakening the other day, I had an interesting dream. I dreamed that Donald Trump had somehow taken note of me and invited me for a talk with him and one or two others from his circles (probably, but not necessarily, extended family members).

Later, when they were all gone, I had the opportunity to inspect the little room, which was near the entrance through which I had entered Trump’s palace. In three corners I found small cameras which recorded what people were saying and – through advanced artificial intelligence – created a running commentary about the deeper meanings and motivations of the speakers. I wondered if Donald (as he was typically to be called in these familial environments) was receiving this feed in real time during every conference he held, or if he (or some associates or staff of his) checked them out later.

I also found that there were no locked doors anywhere. Many doors were in fact cracked or wide open. I could (and did) venture into the garden (maybe better called a private park) and various other rooms of the palace to find myself socializing with Trump’s extended (think royal) family and other members of the upper class who were spending their days circling through the grounds of the palace to socialize and hobnob with Trump or one another. I even caught a glimpse of The Donald’s bedroom, which was empty at the time.   Continue reading

Video Weekend 03-24-2018 – Part 2

A worthy long speech.

I have heard (and therefore probably shared) much of this speech before (perhaps it was only a segment), but I can’t find it in my archives, so I am sharing it now in case I didn’t before. The speech starts slow and has some lulls in it, but it covers many important issues very well. So, if you can make the time to listen for an hour and a half (that’s what weekends or similar times off are for), you may want to check it out, maybe passing over the long lull at the start by skipping ahead to 12:34 minutes into the clip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: Cut Taxes, Deport Immigrants, Impose Tariffs [March 2018]”)

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The True Russiagate

The true Russiagate is not what you have been told. It’s not about a serious threat from without but about a much more dire threat from within.

Even as our country is crumbling before our eyes from boundless inside corruption, we hear almost nothing else on the corporate mass media than Russia hacked our election and Russia gave us Trump.

Overlooked are the facts that our nation has been going down the drain since long before Trump and will continue to do so after Trump unless we, the people, come to our senses and make profound systemic change happen. With our entire establishment burning down our nation for the insurance money, we are long past having to make foreign influence or individual members of the destructive gang our prime concern. The entire house is burning! Take your eyes off that Russian who stands outside holding a match, and call the fire fighters instead!   Continue reading

How the Corporate Media Try to Smear the Champions of the People

Once a media black-out followed by off-hand ridicule (as in the MSM’s war against Bernie Sanders’ early campaign) or the constant repetition of false accusations (like blaming Ralph Nader for G.W. Bush) haven’t worked, the corporate MSM have a two-puch approach to destroy the public reputation of true champions for the people:

  1. First punch: They invite them for an interview in which they lambaste them with unfounded accusations that would make the toughest street fighter speechless (plus: if the interview isn’t live they edit out crucial parts and if it is live they cut off the interviewee whenever he or she is coming for their throats with the truth).
  2. Second punch: After the interview, their allied mass media and lesser establishment media stooges smear the champion as having been crushed in the interview, even though this didn’t happen. They are counting on far too many people — us being so busy surviving — to blindly believe their headlines (as too many of us still do). Let’s hope enough of us are waking up not to let ourselves be played like that anymore.

Here is Jimmy Dore exposing this kind of an attack on Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate who has long been fighting for free College, healthcare for all, and end to U.S.-corporate war profiteering around the world, and an economy that works for everybody; and who is now being smeared as a Russian agent by the establishment media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Jill Stein Smacks Down MSNBC Host Over Russian Propaganda”)

These attempted character assassinations by the establishment’s mass media are nothing new. Remember how they were blaming Bernie Sanders for Deplorable Trump’s victory over Deplorable Hillary? They have grown quieter around this propaganda line now that the “Democratic” Party finds Bernie a useful sheepdog for herding gullible people back into the sinking “Democratic” Party, but I recall a veritable propaganda frenzy. (apparently being revived now that he is planning to run again in 2020)

The big take-home message of all this is about America’s public enemy #1!   Continue reading

Video Weekend 02-24-2018 (9 videos)

This weekend video compilation exposes our massive systemic corruption and stark economic truths, the repeal of the New Deal, the latest Russiagate nonsense, a silver lining for Net Neutrality, illegal government agency (“deep state”) activities, and candidates for the people.

  1. Corruption
  2. Economy
  3. Manipulative Russia Narrative
  4. Net Neutrality
  5. Deep State (can we trust the spies who spy on us?)
  6. Candidates for the People

 

I. Corruption

What is illegal anymore?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Oligarchs Have Captured Our Criminal Justice System”)

Yes, he screams a lot, but he has reason to scream. Who can hear this and not resolve to oust our inhumane, greedy, callous oligarchy? We are an occupied country. Do you get it?

 

More on Ajit Pai, one of the plutocracy’s moles in government

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ajit Pai Now Being Investigated for Corruption by His OWN Agency“)

 

II. Economy

Some stark economic truths (for me really good starting at 9:40):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism’s Excuse: Blame Government [S7 E7]“)

 

They’re Coming for our Last Drops of Blood. In this interview by Thom Hartmann, Richard Wolff explains how our society is hanging by the thread of its last remaining shreds of the New Deal’s social safety net which the GOP-aligned plutocrats are now coming for:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Dr. Richard Wolff On What America Will Look Like If The Republicans Get Their Way“)

 

III. Manipulative Russia Narrative

I wonder how much brain it takes to figure out that a handful of misguided Russian trolls weren’t a big deal…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Here Are The Russian Memes That “Swung The Election”«)

 

IV. Net Neutrality

The way to deal with net neutrality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hawaii Taking BOLD Action to Protect Net Neutrality “)

What’s the trick? Unprivatize it! Return it into the hands of the state (the people) who created it in the first place. Enough corporate hijacking on behalf of the plutocracy! We the people count more than profits for a few. We rightfully own our nation and our states, even our places of work, our economy, our parks, our forests, our lands… Enough of the plunderers and oppressors from the top!

 

V. Deep State (The String Pullers Behind the Curtain)

The Deep State Revealed:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Mindblowing Corruption At FBI – NSA Whistleblower Reveals“)

 

VI. Candidates for the People

What we need: Candidates with Skin in the Game of American Life

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive With Unbelievably Powerful Story Set To WIN Congressional Seat- Amy Vilela“)

And another candidate to unseat a lifelong crook. This one’s a union working “stiff”:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Iron Stache Makes Bold Promise To Progressives“)

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Barnum & Bailey’s Trump: The Only Sensible Evaluation of The Donald PLUS a Bomb-Shell Economic Insight

Noam Chomsky has a long history of close observation and deep insights in our national affairs. In the below interview he gave a spot-on analysis of Trump’s role in the current fire sale of our country to the robber billionaires, followed by an often overlooked insight into our nation’s corporate takeover that could make people smack their foreheads asking themselves how they never noticed this tell-tale connection. Much of our bought-and-paid-for government’s role in a global heist is laid bare here:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Special Interview: Noam Chomsky”)

Good points to mention:   Continue reading